Reddit, a social sharing site that bills itself as "the front page of the internet," might be the last place you'd look for book suggestions. Then again, it might be the last place you'd look for random acts of pizza, daily learning, or help with "tip of my tongue" questions, but those are examples of vibrant niches (called subreddits) on the site. Some book-related subreddits include: r/books, r/bookclub, r/booksuggestions, and r/bookexchange. Check out the top 50 of reddit's favorite books, available here at CPL:
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams
1984: a novel by George Orwell; with an afterword by Erich Fromm
Dune by Frank Herbert
Imagine this: unexplained deaths, mysterious suspects, murky alibis and suspenseful prose, all happening in — Ann Arbor, Michigan? Author Harry Dolan has written two books (below) featuring the mystery magazine editor, David Loogan, and his detective sidekick, Elizabeth Waishkey, set in the famous college town. As an extra, Stephen King has recommended them. Be forewarned: reading books set in local communities may lead to murder mystery roadtrips.
Bad things happen by Harry Dolan
Very bad men by Harry Dolan
The first Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward ; illustrated by James Watling
Pardon that turkey : how thanksgiving became a holiday by Susan Sloate ; illustrated by Christian Slade
Once upon a river : a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell — What if we were left to discover life, love and the world on our own at a very young age with no preconceived socially-defined rights and wrongs? This is one of the questions that Bonnie Jo Campbell will force you to ponder. The protagonist is 16-year-old Margo who sets out in a flat-bottomed teak rowboat on the Stark River in southwestern Michigan to find her mother, who has abandoned the family. Margo fashions herself after her hero, Annie Oakley, which adds a sense of timelessness to the novel — although unbelievably it is set in 1970. Margo sustains herself, and in fact thrives, in the face of every sort of adversity through a combination of courage, stubbornness and savvy. This novel is not, however, for the faint of heart.
Our 2011 books in Kannada are on the shelf and waiting to be checked out. Titles include:
Citādanta : [rōcaka kādambari] by Ke. En. Gaṇēśayya
Ivarellarū Bhārata ratna ru by Ji. Eṃ. Kr̥ṣṇamūrti
Nēhala : kathegaḷu by Ke. En. Gaṇēśayya
The Babe and the Baron [Large print] by Carola Dunn
Cutting for Stone [Large print] by Abraham Verghese
Dreams of Joy [Large print]: a novel by Lisa See
Eve [Large print] by Iris Johansen
Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Bad things happen by Harry Dolan
Myrna Loy: the only good girl in Hollywood by Emily W.
Well then, you might try enrolling in either Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains or Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted. Granted, you must be the child of a notorious evil entity, such as Dracula, The Big Bad Wolf, or a warlock and be lacking in evil to normally qualify for entry into the former school, but heck, you could always give it a shot. "Gifted" has a lot of definitions. The deciding factor for entry into the later school is that you have the ability to invent something the headmaster might want to steal from you, thereby increasing his fame, fortune, and power — but you don't know this of course. Trust me, if you do have the opportunity to attend one of these schools, you will gain a whole new perspective on education.
Villain School : good curses evil by Stephanie S. Sanders — Join Rune, Jez, and Wolf Junior as they try to succeed at a nearly impossible Plot in order to avoid being expelled for not being bad enough.
The School for the Insanely Gifted by Dan Elish — Wild rides, literally, are in store for you with Daphna, Harkin, and Cynthia as they embark on an international search for Daphna's missing mother and prepare for the school's upcoming "Insanity Cup" competition. Don't miss this action-packed adventure fantasy. If you liked The Mysterious Benedict Society, you will love this for sure.
Fast, fun, reads, both of these weird school books are sure to please!
On Tuesday, November 29 TNT introduces Mystery Movie Night with six films based on the works of Scott Turow (11/29), Sandra Brown (11/30), Lisa Gardner (12/6), Richard North Patterson (12/7), April Smith (12/13), and Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark (12/20). Three additional films will be announced in 2012.
Innocent by Scott Turow
Ricochet by Sandra Brown
Here are some great new books if you are a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and/or supernatural stories, especially those with a touch of romance.
The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson
Entwined by Heather Dixon
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Canton Public Library staff is reading:
The dovekeepers: a novel by Alice Hoffman
The marriage plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Motor City shakedown by D.E. Johnson
Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue
The Hunger Games [kit] by Suzanne Collins — Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.
The three Weissmanns of Westport [kit] by Cathleen Schine — A modern tale inspired by Sense and Sensibility finds financially strapped literary sisters Miranda and Annie moving in with divorcee Betty in a run-down Connecticut beach cottage, where they find love among the suburban aristocracy. A witty and light selection for book groups.
Cutting for stone [kit]: a novel by Abraham Verghese
The Hunger Games [kit] by Suzanne Collins
The postmistress [kit] by Sarah Blake
Room [kit]: a novel by Emma Donoghue
The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown by Paul Malmont
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
Fadeaway Girl : a novel by Martha Grimes
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Ashes of the earth: a mystery of post-apocalyptic America by Eliot Pattison
The cradle in the grave by Sophie Hannah
Sentenced to death by Lorna Barrett
Skating around the law: a mystery by Joelle Charbonneau
Ādhunika ramaṇīdera ādhunika rānnā by Sādiẏā Rahamāna Munnī
Bandha darajā kholā darajā by Sunīla Gaṅgopādhyāẏa
Karporeṭa bhālobāsā by Śahīdula Haka Khāna
Saṃsiddha: galpagrantha = Sangshiddha = Accomplished by Runu Haka, Śabanama Āmīra, Sāherā Āphajā, Phārajānā Āhmeda, Pheradausa Jesamīna
Lunch Lady and the league of librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka — Do you ever wonder what your school lunch lady does when she isn't serving you food? Is it possible she has a secret identity? Check out this book for a hilarious look at the secret crime fighting deeds of Lunch Lady and her trusty side-kick, Betty. Enjoy!
On Thursday May 10th from Noon to 1PM we'll be discussing
To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee — Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school. She's known how to read and write, though, ever since she and her older brother Jem can remember. Bored with school, Scout and Jem decide on a project — to make Boo Radley, the town's notorious recluse, come out. But Scout's carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman — and Atticus is the only man willing to defend him.